Willy Wonka

CMT Rising Stars

Show Dates: February 22 – 26, 2017

CMT Rising Stars is excited to revisit Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, a wacky adventure filled with laughter and mischief. Mysterious candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, gives out golden tickets to five lucky children from around the world; they win a tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of candy. Meet greedy Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, bratty Violet Beauregarde, rude Mike Teavee and honest Charlie Bucket; little do they know they’re being tested to see which of them – if any! – deserves to take over Willy Wonka’s factory! Come along for the wild ride as they learn their lessons, and sing along with the numbers you remember from when you were a kid yourself. This energetic version of Roald Dahl's famous story is simply scrumdiddlyumptious!

Audition Registration Opens November 29, 2016


Tickets On-Sale: January 20

Dates are subject to change.

Artistic Team

Kevin R. HaugeKevin R. Hauge

In his 21st season as Artistic Director at CMT, Kevin has led the nation’s premier theater company for youth in taking on increasingly challenging and professional-quality productions. His innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology, culminating in recognition of artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts for nine consecutive years. A recipient of the prestigious Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by the American Alliance for Theater and Education, he’s been the guest speaker at the International Association of Theater Educators Conference in Washington D.C., and the Education and Technology conference in New York City. Kevin has collaborated on productions in a variety of venues all over the world. He’s staged ice shows, magic shows, musical revues, industrial shows, corporate parties, television specials and book musicals for a variety of companies, including Tropworld (Atlantic City), Harrah’s (Reno), Six Flags Parks (nationwide), and Royal Viking Cruise Lines (worldwide). Some of the unique productions Kevin has worked on include You’re in the Movies (MGM Grand) in Las Vegas, World of Wonders (Everland) in Seoul, South Korea, and a special Easter Celebration (The White House) in Washington D.C. Kevin has appeared several times as a guest artist with the San Jose Symphony, and has served on the Exhibits Committee at the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Claire AlexanderClaire Alexander

Claire Alexander grew up dancing at her mother’s studio in southern California. After moving north to attend SJSU and receiving her BA in modern dance, she began teaching and choreographing for many Bay Area studios and schools. Claire fell in love with musical theater shortly after college when she had the opportunity to perform in Hairspray with CMT Marquee Productions; she’s directed, choreographed and performed in many CMT shows since. It’s here that Claire has met some of her dearest friends and collaborators. She loves that CMT feels like a second home, and enjoys working and making connections with all of the families involved. She recently had the privilege to attend the National Dance Institute’s teacher training program, and continues to find opportunities to further her education and training in
dance and theater. When she’s not choreographing, Claire is a full-time real estate agent with Keller Williams and loves to help people achieve their home buying and selling goals. She’s an active leader in the San Jose arts community, and is a graduate of the San Jose Leadership Council's Community Leadership Program.


Martha BrewerMartha Brewer-Hong

Martha Brewer- Hong is a coloratura soprano with an extensive teaching and directing background. Brewer- Hong received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Drake University and a Master of Music in Opera Theatre from University of South Carolina. With over 20 years of voice teaching, 10 years of directing and many award winning students, Brewer-Hong provides a vibrant and varied background that spans classical vocal technique to contemporary techniques. Brewer-Hong joined the Drake Music Department and Music Theater Department as vocal director in 2012. She is the recipient of the National Youth Theatre Award for Best Director for her production of “Les Miserables Student Edition” with the Modern Opera Theatre Company Educational Outreach. She recently moved to The Bay Area and is teaching privately as well as consulting for the Saratoga High School Choir.



Lane SandersLane Sanders, Musical Director

Lane Sanders has been immensely involved with CMT over the past ten years as a drummer/percussionist, and more recently as a musical director. Some of his highlights have been The Who’s Tommy, Miss Saigon, Xanadu, and In the Heights, and he was thrilled to be percussionist and subconductor for the Marquee production of Les Misérables. Outside of CMT, Lane is a prominent percussionist in the South Bay. He’s performed with Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay Symphony, the Air Force Band of the Golden West, Broadway by the Bay, and many other musical theater groups in the area. As an educator, he’s taught percussion both privately and for many high school and university ensembles. Lane is very excited to be continuing his conducting experiences this season at CMT.



Show Schedule

Wednesday, February 22: 7 p.m.(K)
Thursday, February 23: 7 p.m.(S)
Friday, February 24: 7 p.m.(G)
Saturday, February 25: 12 p.m.(G), 4 p.m.(K), 8 p.m.(S)
Sunday, February 26: 11 a.m.(S), 3 p.m.(G), 7 p.m.(K)

(K) Kazoozles Cast (G) Gobstoppers Cast (S) Sweetarts Cast

School Shows

Wednesday, February 22: 10 am.(G)
Thursday, February 23: 10 am(K)
Friday, February 24: 10 am.(S)

(for field trips and school groups)
Thursday, February 23 • 10 a.m.
Friday, February 24 • 10 a.m.

Auditions: December 13 & 14 - 4 p.m. • CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION INFO
Callbacks: December 15 & 16
Super Callbacks: December 17
Cast List Posted: December 19
Family Meeting: January 10 - 7 p.m.
Age of Cast: 8 - 14

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